No-Bake cereal breakfast bars are an easy to make grab and go breakfast for busy mornings. Made with healthy oats, seeds and nuts they're great snacks too!
Folks, these no-bake cereal breakfast bars are much healthier than shop bought ones.
These homemade cereal breakfast bars contain no added artificial sugar and no preservatives.
Just like my fruit and nut snack bars they're crammed full of healthy oats, nuts and seeds but this time with added cereal.
They're easy to make too and deliciously sweet and chewy.
If your mornings are busy its so easy to just leave the house and grab a cereal bar for breakfast from a convenience store.
They're easy to eat on the go, not too expensive and often give the impression that they're really healthy for you.
If you're hungry between meals they could also be the ideal healthy snack.
But are cereal breakfast bars healthy?
Are Cereal Breakfast Bars Healthy?
The answer is, some are and some aren't!
The only way to know is to check the nutritional label of your chosen cereal breakfast bar and make sure that the calories, fat and sugar content are within an acceptable range.
That range can vary depending on your age, size and levels of physical activity, among other factors.
Check out my Healthy Living pages for more details.
Do also check the level of salt in your breakfast bar. Some contain high amounts of salt. A diet high in salt can cause raised blood pressure, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Really the best thing to do is to make your own cereal breakfast bars from scratch. That way you know what the ingredients are and what exactly you're eating!
Tips For How To Make Cereal Breakfast Bars
- Make sure you line your baking tray with greaseproof / parchment paper as you'll use this to lift out your frozen slab in order to cut it into bars.
- If you can get reduced salt and reduced sugar cornflakes then all the better.
- Use smooth peanut butter as it's more binding than crunchy peanut butter.
- Only place the baking tin into your freezer to harden the slab. This should be about 30 minutes but may vary depending on what level your freezer is set at. You don't want it frozen solid or you won't be able to cut it.
- As soon as you've cut the slab into bars, wrap them individually in cling film and store them in your frdge. This helps to keep them from falling apart.
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No-Bake Cereal Breakfast Bars Recipe
You'll get 12 delicious no-bake cereal breakfast bars from this recipe. Perfect to last you the whole week and more.
These cereal breakfast bars are also dairy free. They make a perfect healthy "pick me up" snack too!
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
No-Bake Cereal Breakfast Bars Recipe
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- 175 g porridge oats
- 75 g corn flakes crushed
- 65 g un-salted peanuts chopped
- 75 g pumpkin seeds
- 75 g sultanas
- 250 g smooth peanut butter
- 150 g honey
- Line the bottom and sides of an 30cm x 20cm baking tray with greaseproof / parchment paper.
- Mix the porridge oats, corn flakes, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sultanas in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan over a low heat mix the peanut butter and honey together until smooth.
- Pour the peanut butter honey mixture into the large bowl with the cereal and stir until well combined.
- Spoon the combined sticky oats mixture into the lined baking tray and flatten it out all over by pressing down with the tips of your fingers making sure the mixture is evenly distributed.
- Place baking tin into freezer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes remove from the freezer, lift out the hardened slab using the greaseproof paper onto a cutting board, and cut into 12 bars.
- Store the cereal breakfast bars in your fridge, each wrapped individually in cling film for quick grab on the go breakfasts or snacks.
David @ Spiced
You make a good point about cereal bars, Neil. They can be quite deceptive in the healthy department. I've been paying more attention to ingredients now that we have a Robbie in the house, and some of those boxes just make me shake my head. I love the idea of homemade cereal bars! Now I wonder if I can get Robbie on board with these? He's a picky eater, but man these do look delicious!
Thanks David. I didn't want to "demonise" cereal bars completely because some are actually not bad at all. As you say it's about checking the ingredients and making your own decisions as to whether or not you want to eat whats in them. Or make them yourself! 🙂
These are so smart! I love the peanuts and peanut butter in them. And all of the rest. My grand daughter just loves bars, and I only give her healthy ones, but never made them myself. Thanks so much for the recipe!
Thanks Mimi. I think your grand daugher would love these!
These look so good! One question, what is a sultana?
Thanks Catherine. A sultana is a dried white grape, but of the seedless variety. They're similar to raisins but sultanas are golden in color and tend to be much plumper, sweeter, and altogether juicier than raisins. You should be able to find them alongside the raisins in your local supermarket. Hope this helps!
This is such a great portable breakfast idea. I love that when you make them yourself, you know exactly what's in them!
Thanks Marissa. And you could absolutely try adding other fruits and nuts to them to customise them yourself too!
I like a good granola bar every now and then, but those store-bought are usually insanely sweet (and often don't have enough crunch). My perfect granola would be oats + nuts + honey + some dried fruit. Wait...you've created the perfect granola bars! Dp you ship? 🙂
Ha ha, thanks Ben! Yes I can ship them to you but they need to be stored in refridgerated containers. If you can organise one of those then we're good to go!
I love cereal bars, Neil. I’ve never made no-bake ones. But these sound super-tasty! Love the peanut butter and honey! Yum!
Thanks Laura. I've made a few variations of cereal bars, both no-bake and baked ones. I love these ones because they're minimum effort. 🙂
Matt - Total Feasts
I remember walking through the grocery store when I was younger and looking at a ‘healthy’ granola bar, and was shocked by the amount of sugar in them. Can never bring myself to buy them now! These look delicious, just what I would want when I’m running late and still need breakfast!
So many of those "healthy" granola bars in the stores sound so temping by their flavours, don't they Matt? It's good that the food industry is being forced to remove / reduce the amount of salt in their products. At leaat that helps. But the other ingredients..... Thanks for your comment. Hope you are doing good! 🙂
Kelly | Foodtasia
Neil, I 'm loving these breakfast bars. They're perfect for breakfast and snacking. I like knowing what ingredients are in the foods we eat. Can't do that with the store bought bars. Love the peanut butter flavor in these!
Thanks Kelly. Yes these are definitely much healthier than shop bought and perfect for picnics too. Glad you like them and hope you get a chance to make them. 🙂